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On the I2ik, 13th and 14th days of October, 

A. B. 1839. 

On failure of Elder P. Pucket, Lewis J. J. Pucket delivered the intro- 
ductory discourse, from the 14th Chap, and 8 th verse of the Prophecy of 

The Delegates from the several Churches then assembled, and the As- 
sociation was opened with praise and prayer, by Elder David J. Mott, 
when Elder Josiah Smith was chosen Moderator, and Cornelius C\n- 
ada.y, Clerk, who called to his assistance Luke B. Huggins. 

Brethren in the ministry from sister Associations (present) w^re invited 
to seats with us, when Elders Ashley Swaim, from the Abhots Creek 
Union, and Ely Holland, from th^Little River, and Richard E. Rieves, 
from the Kehukee, took seats witl> us. 

Letters from the different Churches were called for, which were handed 
in and read, and their contents entered in the table of Churches. 




North {liver, 


Hadnot's Creek, 
Slocnrab's Creek 
i Craven. 
White Oak, 

South West, 

Maddy Creek, 

Yopp's M. House 

North East, 

Ghepel Run, 


New Hanover. 
Riley's Creek, 
New Hanover. 

Petitionary letters for membership were called for, but none were hand- 
ed in. 

Letters of Correspondence were called for, when a number of minutes, 
with a letter stating his appointment, was handed in by Brother R. E. 
Rieves, from the Kehukee, and Elder Ely Holland, from the Little River, 
Elder Ashly Swaim and Brother T. Allied from the Abbots Creek Union, 
and brother Stephen Benson, from the Country Line, all handed in pack- 
ages of their minutes and took seats with us, and brother Ellis, from the 
Contentny, took a seat and stated that their minutes had failed, but could 
not tell the cause, which were all thankfully received. 

On motion, appointed Daniel S. Sanders and John K. Bender a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

On motion, the Committee to prepare the Articles of our Faith was cal- 
led on to report, when they stated that they had not had an opportunity 
of being together for that purpose, but wished to adopt the same of the 
Kehukee Association, which was agreed to and ordered to be attached to 
our Minutes, and the committee was discharged. 

On motion, agreed, that brother Daniel S. Sanders prepare a letter to 
the Kehukee Association, and brother Isaac Weaks, one to the Little 
River, and brother Luke B. Huggins, one to the Contentny. 

On motion, brother Smith was appointed to nominate preachers to occu* 
py the stage on the Lord's day, which was as follows ; Elders Swaim* 
Holland and Rieves, and preaching to commence at 10 o'clock A. M. 

On motion, agreed to adjourn until Monday, 9 o'clock. 


Watson Lau ivnce and Daniel Dicker. 
c on , 

Elijah Garner S< j nr . Ahner Quinn. am 

Cornelius Canaday, 
Isaac Weaks and J ahez Taylor, 

Not Represented. 

Josiah Smith, J. K. Bender and Join 

John Langley and John Walton, 

P. Pocket, John Fountain and John 

John Wilkins, 

Daniel S. Sanders and L. B. Huggins, 

Abraham Gounds, Joab Padgett, and 

Wra. Whitlege, 
David J. Mott, . 

Letter, by David J. Mott, 

32 2 00 

2 no 
2 00 

28 2 00 
64 2 00 




1 50 
1 50 


28 I 50 
18 1 00 

I 40 




Brother R. E. Rieves introduced the, service of the day, and preached 
from the 11th chapter and part of ihe 43d verse of John's Gospel. 11 La- 
zarus com* 4 forth." Elder Holland followed, from tho 10:h chap, and 9'h 
veise of John's Gospel, " I am the door, by me me if any man enter in 
he shall he saved, and shall go in and oui and find pasture." Elder 
Swiiin concluded, from the 20th chapter and 28ih verse of the Acts of the 
Apostles. " Take heed, therefore, unto yourselves and to all the flock 
over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the 
church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood," &.c. 

We hope from the faithfulness of the word delivered, and the earnest 
attention of the congregtion, that the labors of love will not be lost. 


The Association met agreeably to appointment, and was opened with 
praise and prayer by Elder Swaim, and proceeded to call over the names 
of the Delegates, and the Decorum was read. 

On motion, the Letters of Correspondence were called for, when bio* 
ther Daniel S. Sanders handed in one to the Kehukee, which was read 
and received and brother Josiah Smith & Isaac Weaks messengers to 
bear it, and also 40 copies of our minutes. Brother Isaac Weaks pre- 
sented one to the Little River, which was read and received, and breth- 
ren Lewis J. J. Pucket, John Wilkins and E. W. Cox, appointed to 
bear it, with 30 copies of our minutes. Brother L. B. Huggins handed 
in one to the Contentny, which was read and received, and brethren P. 
Pucket and Samuel Holt to bear it and 20 copies of our minutes. Breth- 
ren Josiah Smith, Cornelius Canaday, L. J. J. Pucket and E. W. Cox 
were appointed to visit the Abbots Creek Union and Country Line Asso- 
ciations, and to present 20 copies of our minutes to each Association. 

On motion, agreed, that brother Wai. Armstrong prepare a Circular 
Letter for our next Association, and choose his subject. 

On motion, agreed, that our next Association be held at Yopp's M. H. 
Onslow county, N. C, to commence on Saturday before the second 
Lord's day in October, 1840, and Elder J. Smith to preach the introduc- 
tory sermon, and in case of his failure, D. J. Mott. Divine service to 
commence at 11 o'clock A. M. 

On motion, the Committee on Finance was called on to report, which 
was as follows : 

To balauce on hand last year, 
Contributions this year, 


By cash paid for printing Minutes last year, $24 25, 
paid our Clerk for transcribing the 
Minutes end attending to the printing, 7 50 

$33 70 
17 40 

51 10 

31 75 

Leaving a balance of 

$ 19 35 

On motion, agreed, that our Clerk transcribe and prepare these mi- 
nutes for the press, and have 500 copies struck off and distributed as usual. 
On motion, agreed to adjourn to the time and place appointed. 
Prayer by brother R. E. Rieves. 

J. SMITH, Moderator. 

CorneliiIS Canaday, Clerl. 


1. We believe in the being of a God, as almighty, eternal, unchangeable, of infinite 
wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, mercy and truth ; and this God has re- 
vealed himself, in his word, under the character of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

The scriptures to support the being of a God as almighty, see Gen. xxxv. 11, 
" And said unto him, I am God almighty." That he is eternal, see Deut. xxxiii. 27, 
" The eternal God is thv refuge and underneath is the everlasting arms." That he 
is unchangeable, see Mai. iii. 6, " I am the Lord, I change not ; therefore ye sons 
of Jacob, are not consumed." That he is of infinite wisdom, see Acts xv. 18, 
•* Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." For his 
power, see Psalm Ixii. 1 1, " God has spoken once; twice have I heard this, that 
power belongeth unto God." That he 13 a God of justice, see Nehemiah ix. 33, 
" Howbeit thou art just in all that thou hast brought upon us ; for thou hast done 
right, but we have done wickedly." Also, see Isa. xiv. 21, "A just God and a Sa- 
viour." That he is a God of holiness, see Exodu3 xv. 1 1, " Who is like unto thee 
glorious ia holiness." That he has revealed himself under the character of the 
Father, Son and Holy Ghost, see 1 Epistle John v. 7, " For there are three that 
bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost, and these three 
are one." Also, St. Matthew xxviii. 19, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son r and of the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe that almighty God has made known his mind and will to the chil- 
dren of men in his word ; which word we beiieve to be of divine authority, and con- 
tains all things necessary to be known for the salvation of men and women : the 
same is comprehended or contained in the bouks of the old and new Testament, aa 
are commonly received. 

To support this ar icle, see 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17, "All scripture is given by inspira- 
tion of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, f»r inslructios 
in righteousness ; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished onto 
all good works. # 

3. We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for a purpose of his 
own glory, did elect a certain number of men and angels to eternal life; and that 
this election is particular, Pternal, and unconditional on the creature's part. 

We think it must be granted, that Christ, who is the hea l of th-i church, was 
elected before the foundation of the \rorld : see Isa. xlii. 1., "Behold my servant, 
mine elect in whom my soul delighteth ; I have put my spirit upon him ; he shall 
bring forth judgment unto the Gentiles." And this same elect Son said unto his 
Father, St. John x»ii. 24, M Father, I will that they also uhom thou hast given me 
be with me where I am, that they may behold'my glory, which thou hast given me ; 
for thou lovedst me before the foundation uf the world." And if the election of the 
head was personal, from eternity, why not theirs that should make up his body; since 
they really did exist then as the human nature of Christ did ? Besides, it was very 
agreeable and correct that he and they should both be appointed together ; for he 

could not be a head but with respect to a body. See Eph. v. 23, " For the husbansj 
is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church ; and he is the Sa- 
viour of the body. (Verse 30.) For we are members of his body, of his flesh and 
of his bones." Al6o, see the remarks of the Apostle Paul in his first epistle to the 
Ephesians i. 3, " Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who 
hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. (Verse 4.) 
According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we 
should be holy and without blame before him in love. (Verse 5.) Having predes- 
tinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the 
good pleasure of his will. (Verse 6.) To the praise of the glorv of his grace, wherein 
he haih made us accepted in the beloved. (Verse 7.) In whom we have redemp- 
tion through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. 
(Verse 8.) Wherein he hath abounded toward us in ail wisdom and prudence. 
(Verse 9.) Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his 
good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself." Again, 2 Thess. ii. 13, "But 
\ve are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, 
because God hath from the beginning, chosen you to salvation through sanctifica- 
tion of the spirit, and belief of the truth." If the word * beginning' has the same 
meaning here as it has where it is mentioned in the first of the gospel of St. John, 
and if sanctification of the spirit, and belief of the truth, mean the same as holy and 
without blame before him in love, then there is a perfect agreement between this 
passage and that which is mentioned above. Holiness is not the cause of God's 
election, but God has decreed it to be the way to salvation. " Without holiness 
none shall ever see the Lord." See Heb. xii. 13. Again 1 Epistle Gen. Pet. i. 2, 
" Elect according to the foreknow ledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the 
spirit unto obedience." That angels were elected, see 1 Tim. v. 21. Thai the elec- 
tion of men by God is unconditional on the creature's part, see Ruin. xi. 5, "Even so 
then at this present time also, there is a remnant, according to the election of grace, 
(Verse 6.) And if by grace then it is no more of works ; otherw ise grace is no more 
grace. But if it be of works, then ii is no more grace ; otherwise work is no more 
work." In this election may be included not only all who ever did, now do, and 
hereafter shall believe to the saving of their souls, but also all the blessed infants, 
who die in their infancy, whom Jesus takes up in his arms of love, for he said, when 
speaking of infants, St. Luke xviii. 16, for of such is the kingdom of God. The 
scripture doctrine of election will never do any body the least harm, but the abuse of 
it may be hurtful to many. It certainly did not discourage Paul, Acts xviii. 9, 
" Then spake the Lord to Paul in the ni"ht by a vision, be not afiaid, but speak, and 
hold not thy peace. (Verse 10.) For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee, 
lo hurt thee, for 1 have much people in this city . (Verse 11.) And he continued 
there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them." And Paul 
said, in his second epistle to Timothy ii. 10, " Therefore 1 endure all things for the 
elect's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with 
eternal glory." We know that sometimes God calleth things that are not, as though 
they already existed. 

When Gud spake to Abraham, saying, I have made thee a father of many nations, 
it was then God's choice that it should be so, which was manifested in the extraor- 
dinary circumstance relative to the birth of Is^ac, in whom his seed should be called. 
But with regard to election, you know it takes no longer time for you to choose t^an 
to know your choice ; though after you have made your choice in >our own mind, 
it may be a considerable time before you make it known to others. And is it not 
Strang that any person should believe that the most High does not know his choice 
along time before he makes it known or manifest ? Our believing that which is 
revealed in the scriptures concerning this article, does not oblige us to believe any 
thing which is not written ; nor does it prevent our believing all things besides which 
are contained in the holy scriptures ; for all the invitations and promises contained 
in the gospel may be as fully depended on as if nothing had been said concerning 
election ; for we are informed by Isaiah xl. 8, "The word of God shall stand fort ver." 
Nor do we believe that the Lord will finally reject any but such as continue disobe- 
dient unbelievers. St. Mark xvi. 16, " He that believeth not shall be damned*" 

4\ We believe that when God made man at first, he was perfect, holy and upright, 
able to keep the law but liable to fall, and that he stood as a federal head or 
representative of all his natural offspring, and that they were to be partakers of 

benefits of his obedience or exposed to the misery which sprang from his dia* 

That man was made holy and in the image of God, see Gen. i. 27, " So God crea- 
ted man, in his own image ; in the image of God created he him ; male and female 
ereated he them." Also, Eccles. vii. 29, " So this only have. I found, that God made 
man upright; but they sought, out many inventions." Also, see Rom. vii. 12, 
••* Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, jost and good." 

5. We believe that Adam fell from this state of moral rectitude, and that he 
involved himself and all his natural offspring in a state of de<ith ; and tor that original 
transgression we are all both filthy and guilty in the sight of an holy God. 

.That man fell from this state of moral rectitude, see Gen. iii. 6, "She took of the 
fruit thereof and did eat, and ga«ve also unto her husband, with her, and he did eat. 
(Verse 7.) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew they were 
naked ; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." That 
all mankind are culpable for this transgression, see Rom. v. 12, " Wherefore as by 
one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin. And so death passed upon 
all men, for that all have sinned." Also, Psalms xiv. 3, " They are all gone aside, 
they are all together become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no not one." 
Also, Rom. v. 17, "Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men, 
%o condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one, the free gilt came unto all 
men to justification of life." 

6. We believe that it is utterly out of the power of men, as fallen creetures, to 
keep the law of God perfectly ; repent of their sins truly ; or believe in Christ, ex- 
cept they be drawn by the Holy Spirit. 

To support this belief, see Rom. yiii. 7, " Because the carnal mind is enmity 
against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. — 
(Verse 8.) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." AUo, see St. 
John vi. 44, "No man can come unto me, except the Father, which sent me, draw 
him." Also, see Acts v. 31, " Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be a 
prince and a saviour for to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." 
Also, see 1 Cor. xii. 3, " No man can sqy that Jesus is* the Lord but by the Holy 

7. We beljeve that in God's own appointed time and way, by means which he 
hath ordained, the elect shall be called, justified, pardoned and sanctified, and that 
it is impossible they can utterly refuse the call, but shall be made willing, by divine 
grace, to receive the offers of mercy. 

In support of this article, we offer the following scriptures: St. John v. 25, "Ve- 
rily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear 
the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live." Also, Rom. viii. 30, 
" Moreover whom he d>d predestinate, them he also called ; and v» horn he called, 
them he also justified ; and whom he justified, them he also gloiifi'd. '' (Verse 33.) 
*' Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect ? It is God that justifieih." 
Also, see Psalms ex. 3, " Thy people shall he willing in the day of thy power." — 
Also, see Philip, ii. 13, " For it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do, of 
his good pleasure." 

8. We believe that justification in the sight of God, is only by the imputed right- 
eousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by faith alone. 

To support this article, we quote Rom. iii. 20, " Therefore, by the deeds of the 
law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight ; for by the law is the knowledge of 
sin. (Verse 21.) "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifest- 
ed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets." (Verse 22.) "Even the right- 
eousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that 
believe, for there is no difference." Also, see Rom. iv. 7, " Blessed are they whose 
iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered." (Verse 8.) "Blessed is the 
man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." Also, see Jeremiah xxiii. 6, "In 
his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name 
whereby he shall be called, the Lord our righteousness." Also, see Rom. V, 
19, "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obe- 
dience of one shall many be made righteous." Also see Psalms, Ixxxix, 16, 
" In thy name shall they rejoice all the day, and in thy righteousness shall they 
be exalted" , 

9. We believe in like manner, that God's else* shall not only be called and justi- 

tied, but that they shall bo- converted, born again, and chauged by the effectual work- 
ing of God's holy spirit. 

In support of this article, we refer to the following scripture?: viz. 2 Cor. v. 17, 
<{ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed 
away, behold all things are become new." Alan, see St. John i. 13, " Which were 
born, not of blond, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 
Also, 1 Pet. i. 23, " Being horn again, not of corrupiible seed, but of incorruptible, 
by the word of God, which liv. tti and abidelh f-rever." Also, see 2 Cor. iii. 18, 
" But. we all, with open face beholding as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are 
changed into the same imaoo from glory to glory, even by the spirit of the Lord." 
Also, s e Ejjh. i. 19, " And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward 
who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." Also, 1 Thess i. 13, 
"For this cause also ihank we God without ceasirg, because, when ye received the 
word which ye heard of us, ye received it notas the word of men, but (as it is in truth) 
the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." 

10. We believe that such as arc converted, justified, and called by grace, shall 
persevere in holiness, and never fall finally away. 

For satisfaction on this article, we refer you toHeb. vii. 25, <c Wherefore he is able 
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to 
make intercession for them." 

1 1. We believe it to be a duty incumbent on all God's people, to walk righteously 
in good works, not in the old covenant way of seeking life and favor of the Lord by 
it, but only as a duty from a principle of love. 

We refer you to Titus iii. 8, " This is a faithful saying, and these things I will 
that thou affirm constantly, that they that believe, in God might be careful to main- 
tain good works : these things are good and profitable unto men. Also. 1 Epistle 
John v. 3. " For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments ; and his 
commandments are not grievous." Also, see Eph. ii. 10, " For we are his workman- 
ship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that 
we should walk in them." 

12. We believe baptism and the Lord's supper are gospel ordinances, both belong- 
ing to the converted or true believers ; and that persons who were sprinkled or dipt 
whilst in unbelief, were not regularly baptiz d, according to God's word ; and 
that such ought to be baptized after they are savingly converted unto the faith of 

The most of the people among whom we live, agree with us : 1st. That baptism 
and the Lord's supper are gospel ordinances. 2d. That believers are the proper 
subjects of these ordinances. 3d. That believers may be properly baptized by im- 
mersion. Now if the scriptures be so plain concerning these things that they can- 
not well be denied, why should we take up time to prove them ? And as they prac- 
tice differently in these things from what we do, it lies on them to prove that they are 
right if they can ; if they cannot, it is time for them to desist, or at least not to find 
fault with us for keeping the ordinances as they were delivered. 

13. We believe that every church is independent in matters of discipline, and that 
associations, councils, and conferences, of several ministers or churches ar not to im- 
pose on the churches the keeping, holding, or maintaining, any principle or practice 
contrary to the churches' judgment. 

For thus believing, we rely on these scriptures: Isa. xxxiii. 22, " For the Lord is 
our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king j he will save us." Also, 
see James iv. 12, " The Lord is our lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy." 
Also, see 1 Pet. v. 3. ei Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being exam- 
ples to the flock." Thus it appears- that the Lord only has a right to give laws to 
his church; therefore they ought to be guided by his word, in all.matters of discipline. 

14. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, 
and a general judgment. 

We believe this from the following scriptures : John v. 28, 29, " Marvel not at 
this, for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in their graves shall hear his 
voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good to the resurrection of life, and 
they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation." Also, 2 Cor. v. 10, " For 
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the 
things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 

15. * We believe the'punishmcnt of the wicked is everlasting, and the joys of the 
righteous are eternal, 

'Christ said in St. Matthew's gospel, xxv. 46, "Ajid these shall go away into ever- 
tating punishment, but the righteous into life eternal." 

16. We believe that no minister has a right to the administration of the ordi- 
nances, only such as are regularly called, and come under the imposition of hands by 
the presbytery. 

We feel under obligation to believe so, when we read in the Acts of the Apostles 
ziii. 2, 3, " As they ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Koly Ghost said, Sepa- 
rate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them ; and when 
they had fasted, and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away." 

17. Last, we do believe that for our mutual comfort, union, satisfaction, of the 
several churches of the aforesaid faith and order, that they ought to meet in an asso- 
ciation way, wherein each church ought to represent their case, by their delegates, 
and attend as often as it is necessary to advise with the several churches in confer- 
ence ; and that the decision of matters, in such association, not to be imposed or in 
any wise binding on the churches without their consent. But only to sit and act as 
an advisary council. 

Solomon says, Prov. ±i. 14, "Where no council is, the people fall ; but in the 
multitude of councillors there is safety." And we find the Apostles assembled on 
certain occasions, to Confer about the affairs of the churches. See Acts xv. 6, " And 
the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter." If Paul, Bar- 
nabas, and oihers, therefore, were delegated by their brethren of the churches at 
Antioch to assemble, of associate, with the apostles at Jerusalem, how much more 
will the propriety and necessity of such meetings or assemblies appear to us, who 
do not enjoy their abilities or possess their powers. A great number of scriptures 
more might be adduced to show that our principles are scriptural ; but such as be- 
lieve not these which we have subjoined, we are persuaded would not believe though 
another were to arise from the dead. It would be well for the brethren and churches 
generally, to bear in mind that these are the principles, or articles of faith, that our 
association was established on, and every church that has been since received in her, 
taditly subscribed to on their reception : that if any of them since " have got wise 
above what is written," it is high time for them to retreat, or withdraw from the camps 
of Israel, and let it be seen who is on the Lord's side ; and no longer intrude them- 
selves on Zion's soldiers— and let our ranks be clear of tories.